We want you and all other passengers to stay safe and travel in comfort. You must agree to the following code of conduct before we issue your bus pass. Your school, parents or carers will be alerted if you do not keep to this code and we reserve the right to withdraw transport if breaches are reported to us.
Your bus pass:
- Carry your bus pass with you whenever you travel to and from school.
- Be ready to show your pass to the bus driver – if it cannot be produced the driver may refuse travel.
- Only use your pass to travel on the route that has been approved.
- Do not use anyone else’s pass or allow another person to use yours. This is a criminal offence and we may choose to act against you.
- If you lose your pass or your pass is broken or damaged, contact Morse Coaches who will arrange a replacement. A fee of £5.00 will be payable for a replacement pass. Telephone no: 01347 878969.
Your pick-up point:
- You are responsible for getting to your bus pick-up point.
- You must arrive at the pick-up point before your bus is due. The bus will run to a timetable and will not wait if you are late. We advise all children to be at their stop 5 minutes before the stated departure time.
- If a bus is late, be prepared to wait at the pick-up point for 20 minutes. Agree with your parents or a guardian what to do if the bus does not arrive (e.g. return home or go to a friend’s house to organise alternative transport).
- During bad weather (e.g. snow & ice) make regular checks at www.morsecoaches.com and find the Twitter feed on the home page. You don’t have to have a Twitter account to use this. This is also updated when severe travel disruptions occur. You can also check our Facebook Page: Morse Coaches and follow us on Twitter: @MorseCoaches
Keeping safe when getting on and off the bus:
- Queue sensibly, well away from the edge of the road.
- Allow passengers leaving the bus to get off before you try getting on.
- Get on and off the bus in an orderly way so you do not hurt yourself or other passengers.
- Have your bus pass ready to show the driver
- If you need to cross the road once you have left the bus, make sure the bus has been driven away so you can see other vehicles and the driver can see you.
On the bus:
- Stay in your seat once you are on the bus.
- Always use the seatbelt provided.
- Do not speak to or distract the driver unless there is an emergency.
- Do not use emergency exits or doors unless the driver instructs you to do so or if there is a genuine emergency.
- Do not eat, drink or smoke on the bus. Do not leave litter on vehicles
- Foul and abusive language will not be tolerated.
- Bullying and aggressive or disruptive behaviour towards another passenger or the driver will not be tolerated. (If the above two points happen then this may lead to temporary or permanent exclusion).
- Do not throw items or damage the inside or outside of the bus. If damaged is caused to the bus the school and the police will be involved.
- You need to be aware that school buses are fitted with CCTV to monitor behaviour and footage may be used as evidence if drivers or passengers are hurt or if the bus is damaged.
- In the event of a breakdown a replacement vehicle will be dispatched as quickly as possible. Pupils should follow all instructions of the driver.
Inclement weather problems/breakdown:
- These will be notified on the website morsecoaches.com and communicated on our Twitter page- @MorseCoaches or on our Facebook page- Morse Coaches.